I am starting this week with something that I’ve been trying to answer many times now, so I decided to make a video out of it and maybe, finally, we conclude this once and for all.

So no matter what size your company is, if you haven’t done this already, you will ask yourself very soon: should I hire an agency to recruit people for my team of can I do it?

In house recruiting and having an agency recruit are 2 worlds apart. Forget Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. This is serious stuff.

So what I thought is to give you the why You should choose Option A or option B and then tell you what’s my opinion on all of this.

In house recruiting

Before you decide what option you want to choose, you will have to think what kind of resources you’re having: and what I mean here are resources of time, energy, money, people ( hr managers especially). Is it all worth it for you to do this in house?

In my experience and from what I’ve seen, companies that succeed with in house recruiting are the ones that have resources ( they have a copywriter to write amazing copy that gets people hooked, they have a platform where there they receive applications, they have a well established recruiting process, they have someone to look through the applications and do the interviews follow-ups and all, etc.

These kind of companies are generally successful because they have experience and they know employer branding and how they run this campaign is VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEIR IMAGE.

On the other hand, I’ve seen companies that don’t have that many resources, but they try: with a not so good application, with a not so good Job description, with a not so good job post image ( or an overused one), with very few resources to follow up. Even if it’s not the best job they do with this, they try, and man, you really need to give them credit for this.

However though, when something like this happens and you don’t do your job right, you can and will be hurting your brand really badly. 

How?

By showing that not having a proper job description or a good image or copy to draw people to see what you’re up to, you show you’re sloppy and maybe have no idea what you’re doing. When I see an ad that is sloppy, it makes me think a lot about the kind of team these people have, what culture, what managers, etc.

To make sure I also include all the DYI type of recruiting, posting jobs on any of the big recruiting platform, is a bit of a better way to look for new team members, but again, if all the “ advertising materials” are not done properly, 

Agency recruiting

You might think that agency recruiting is something that only big companies do, but it’s actually not true. 

You might ask the help of a small agency boutique or a big agency for a couple of reasons

  1. You don’t have time to take care of the recruiting process, therefore hiring someone to help you with this process would be perfect. You can now  focus on what really matters to you
  2. When not done right, recruiting can be a total waste of time and resources, therefore it’s OKKK to ask for help
  3. They can handle everything for you, from creating a job description, to understanding your needs, to reaching out to the right data base of people that might be fit for your team, to building the right recruiting message for your company.
  4. You only handle the best candidates, you don’t worry about all of the hassle, especially when you are a small company.

Now, I’m not trying to tell you that agency recruiting or a small agency boutique might be the best for you, but I’m trying to show you the options. 

Either option you go for, you may be very nicely surprised or you might ( hopefully not) have a bad experience ( of bad management or inappropriate candidates), but I think trying to make as few mistakes as possible now, will save you lots of time and money for the future.

What is your take on this? I would really like to know .

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